The Ultimate Spot Remover

Are you a spot magnet like me, (and my hubbie)?  I’m talking about grease, fat and just about anything else that leaves spots on your clothes. I’ve searched Pinterest, the popular online pin board site, many times looking for the ultimate spot remover for my clothes without any luck. I did get some good ideas that set me on the road to creating the ultimate spot remover that works for me.

The Ultimate Spot Remover Ingredients

The ultimate spot remover

When I first moved to Hong Kong, I couldn’t find the dish washing soap typically associated with spot removal on most websites. So I started using what I had. Guess what! You don’t have to use Dawn dish soap, the blue kind, because it turns out any kind of dish soap will work. All dish washing soap is formulated to cut grease. That was good news for me!

Important: I’m not referring to the detergent you put in your automatic dishwasher, but the kind you use for hand washing dishes.

Incidentally, it is immaterial which brands you use. The ones you see in the picture are what I have been able to find. Any brand will do the job.

Spot Remover for Sweat Stains Too!

Just as an aside, I referred to my hubbie’s propensity to get grease spots on his pants. I tried many spot removal products and followed the recipes I found online, but it wasn’t until I came up with this magic formula that I finally found a solution to get rid of those stains. This works on sweat stains and collars too, I might add. It was a Ta-Da! moment when I realized I could finally get rid of grease stains on his pants. Whew!

The ultimate spot remover

As with all spots, it’s best to get at them right away, but with this recipe, you’re guaranteed success even after they have been set into the clothes and washed many times. I used it on the sweat stains under the arms of my favorite white shirt, which had been rendered unwearable, and while it didn’t remove them entirely, there was a vast improvement. I use it on all my shirts now, colored and white.

For stains that have been set in for a long time, it is advisable to let the stain soak in the solution for as long as overnight. Just add as much water to cover the stain. You don’t need much. Otherwise, you’ll dilute the solution too much and it won’t work. I usually work it into the fabric with a laundry brush and then let it sit.

The Ultimate Spot Remover Recipe

Here’s the recipe you’ve been waiting for.

Put 2 Tbsp baking soda in a jar.

the ultimate spot remover

Add 1 Tbsp dish washing soap to the baking soda.

the ultimate spot removal

Then add 1 Tbsp Hydrogen Peroxide and about a tablespoon of hot water, just enough to make a paste.

Finally, add 1-2 Tbsp white vinegar and stir quickly and well.

Mix the ingredients in the order given. Well, whatever you do, add the vinegar LAST. You’ll see what I mean! I’ve got a picture to illustrate my point.

The ultimate spot remover

These measurements are all approximations. You can play with them to see what works with you. I would use this only as a guideline.

After applying the spot remover and letting it soak for a few minutes, (or overnight), wash in the machine as usual.

It’s not just the ultimate spot remover, it’s the ultimate clothes brightener too. Try it. You’ll love it.

Got a favorite laundry tip?  Share it in the comments below! 



  • Susan says:

    I love using soda and vinegar in my wash, especially for towels and whites but I will have to try your recipe for stains. Tim is a stain magnet!!

  • Nadea says:

    Susan, you will thank me for this tip, I guarantee!

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